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Can dark circles under your eyes be due to iron deficiency anemia?

Can dark circles under your eyes be due to iron deficiency anemia?

NO...: Low iron state typically causes paleness of skin, mucus membranes, and it is more evident in your eyes (pale cconjunctivae). So, this should not cause dark circles under your eyes. More likely from chronic nasal congestions which reduce blood flow and causing the darker appearances there--often known as allergic shiners.
Treating nasal congestions/allergies may help.
Consult your doc.
Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Help with pain behind my eyes. I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

Help with pain behind my eyes. I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

No: Pain behind the eyes is associated with headaches, including occipital neuralgia with referred pain. Iron deficiency anemia is not a cause of headaches behind the eyes. Severe anemia can cause dizziness and in some cases headaches, but these do not localize behind the eyes. ...Read more

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Is it normal for me to be having pain behind my eyes? I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

Is it normal for me to be having pain behind my eyes? I have iron deficiency anemia like many women. Could my lack of iron be causing this?

No: Fe deficiency anemia should not cause that symptom. Many possible reasons but an exam is really the only way to find out for sure. ...Read more

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My doctor told me to watch exhaustion levels due to iron deficiency anemia. Lately I've been sleeping 10ish hours still tired. Do I Tell her?

My doctor told me to watch exhaustion levels due to iron deficiency anemia. Lately I've been sleeping 10ish hours still tired. Do I Tell her?

Yes, please: You should keep your doctor informed of all the symptoms and all the medications that you're taking, including non-prescription and herbal medications.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My pcp and gyn both recommended hysterectomy due to iron deficiency anemia. Also, ruling out other issues. Would a hysterectomy be a good idea?

My pcp and gyn both recommended hysterectomy due to iron deficiency anemia.  Also, ruling out other issues.  Would a hysterectomy be a good idea?

Depends: If you are done with childbearing and there is excessive menstrual bleeding due to uterine abnormalities, hysterectomy would help.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for iron deficiency anemia to go away?

How long is it supposed to it take for iron deficiency anemia to go away?

Can take months: Depends on if you are able to replace your iron and that the diagnosis was correct in the first place. ...Read more

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What is the best test to differentiate iron deficiency anemia from anemia of chronic disease?

Ferritin: Ferritin measures the amount of iron storage in the body and usually is really low in iron deficiency anemia, contrary to anemia of chronic disease that usually shows a normal ferritin level. There are other parameters to take into account off course but this one is one of the best to differentiate. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have normal blood levels but have every symptom of severe iron deficiency anemia?

Probably not anemia: "Normal blood levels" (e.g. hematocrit, hemoglobin, or iron testing) prove iron deficiency isn't the problem. The symptoms of "severe iron deficiency anemia" are exactly the same for many other health problems. See your doctor to learn the cause. ...Read more

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I can't sleep at night most of the time, I have an iron deficiency anemia. Is this why i couldn't sleep?

I can't sleep at night most of the time, I have an iron deficiency anemia. Is this why i couldn't sleep?

Yes: Symptoms common to many types of anemia (low hemoglobin) include the following: easy fatigue and loss of energy, rapid heart beat (particularly with exercise), shortness of breath, headache, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, pale skin, leg cramps, and insomnia. Hopefully as your anemia corrects, you will start sleeping better. ...Read more

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Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts? I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Please tell me if iron deficiency anemia can cause cataracts?
I am 23, have iron deficiency anemia, the cause of which is still not clear.

Rare: Usual cases of iron deficiency anemia are caused by blood loss from some source, whether stool, menses, inadequate intake, heel strike hemolysis, etc. Rarely is cataract formation caused by iron deficiency. The latter has been discovered in a genetic disorder hereditary hyperferritinemia-cataract syndrome (hhcs) presenting with iron deficiency anemia. You should see your md for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can someone die from sever iron deficiency/anemia? Specifically in the case if an eating disorder?

Can someone die from sever iron deficiency/anemia? Specifically in the case if an eating disorder?

Absolutely: Severe anemia from any cause can throw you into congestive heart failure and then pneumonia. Iron deficiency has many causes, including fad / politically correct diets, but also bleeding from some source that will need to be discovered. And being anemic is miserable in itself, preventing you from working and playing to capacity. ...Read more

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Dr thinks I'm on verge of iron deficiency anemia. Ferritin is only low #.hemoglobin is fine. Platelet is 600. Is high platelet related to pre-anemia?

Dr thinks I'm on verge of iron deficiency anemia.  Ferritin is only low #.hemoglobin is fine. Platelet is 600. Is high platelet related to pre-anemia?

Anemia: Elevated plata, eats may be due to recent bleeding from your period. Starting iron supplement is a good idea in a young person to compensate for blood loss due to heavy menstrual loss. ...Read more

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I've had iron deficiency anemia for almost a year. I take ferrous sulfate every day. Can.getting blood drawn every 2 weeks cause iron deficiency anemia?

I've had iron deficiency anemia for almost a year. I take ferrous sulfate every day. Can.getting blood drawn every 2 weeks cause iron deficiency anemia?

Yes, but depends: It takes a few months to recover the loss of blood from a blood draw. If you get frequent blood draws of sufficient volume, you could get anemic. Most of the time the amount of blood taken for routine blood tests is small enough that anemia is unlikely. ...Read more

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Does iron deficiency anemia cause fever? In infants? He has a high WBC count but not so significant.

Does iron deficiency anemia cause fever? In infants? He has a high WBC count but not so significant.

Fe deficiency....: Does not cause fever. Your child may have acquired an infection, which would fall under the heading of true, true, and unrelated. If you re worried about your child's status, you should contact you doctor, tell them what's happening and then listen to their advice. Good luck! ...Read more

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Yesterday I had a tremor and I’ve been feeling lightheaded and sleepy ever since, could this be Iron deficiency anemia ?

Yesterday I had a tremor and I’ve been feeling lightheaded and sleepy ever since, could this be Iron deficiency anemia ?

Consult your Doctor: Having tremors what part of your body?Tremors are not caused by Iron Deficiency Anemia.Lightheaded and sleepy can be due to many causes.You are only 17 years old.If the symptoms continue,consult your Family Doctor or Pediatrician.It may be nothing serious,but if the symptoms persist,then consult doctor ...Read more

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Can having an iron-deficiency anemia cause me to have other deficiencies also?

Can having an iron-deficiency anemia cause me to have other deficiencies also?

Depends on the cause: Usually not. However, it will depend on the cause of course. Having an iron deficiency anemia will not cause you to have other deficiency. However, if the reason why you have iron deficiency anemia is due to gastric by pass surgery or gastric removal surgery or autoimmune gastritis for instance- then you can have both iron deficiency and vit B12 deficiency- because of absorption problems. ...Read more

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Some people with iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much. Why is that?

Some people with iron deficiency anemia crave and chew ice so much. Why is that?

I am not sure: We know exactly. It is known as pica. The ice is common in the north. In the south some people eat clay soil and or corn starch. ...Read more

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What will happen if someone with iron deficiency anemia lets their iron level get extremely low?

Low blood counts: In most people, iron is "lost" very slowly over time. In some patients, iron levels drop, due to bleeding, menstruation, or lack of absorption. In that case, anemia can soon follow, unless iron supplements are given.

Pica is another consequence of low iron. Pica is the craving of inedible substances, such as ice or dirt. ...Read more

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How long after turning vegetarian might iron deficiency anemia start to show up?

Not necessary: Contrary to what you might have heard on tv or some "experts", you don't necessarily get iron deficient just because you're vegetarian. Lots of vegetables, beans, & fortified bread are loaded with iron. Many cultures survived millennia on little to no meat & many others with almost no red meat. It depends on the variety of your diet & medical conditions present. Plus there's iron in eggs & fish. ...Read more

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Can iron deficiency anemia become life-threatening if it's not treated immediately?

Not really: Iron deficiency anemia from a poor diet takes a long time to develop. If the anemia is due to bleeding, then of course it can come on quickly and be severe. ...Read more

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Can total iron binding capacity normal with iron deficiency anemia?

Iron & anemia: When you ask it that way, the answer is 'yes', it can happen, but not commonly. In iron deficiency anemia the TIBC usually goes up, but not uncommonly you may have another kind of anemia at the same time, eg. Anemia of chronic disease, anemia of renal insufficiency, nutritional deficiency, etc. These often send the TIBC lower or have no effect. If would be nice is iron deficiency anemia was pure. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between B12 deficiency and iron deficiency anemia?

Blood work: Your physician can order commonly available tests for your levels of b12, iron, iron binding capacity and the carrier proteins for iron. All of these factors have some effect on blood cells. The direction of investigation can start with a CBC or complete blood count. Iron deficience eventually produces visably smaller blood cells while B12 deficience results in larger ones. ...Read more

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I haven't hit puberty and im 16, I had/have mild iron deficiency anemia, is this the reason why I haven't hit puberty? I have a poor apetite as well?

I haven't hit puberty and im 16, I had/have mild iron deficiency anemia, is this the reason why I haven't hit puberty? I have a poor apetite as well?

Not likely: Mild iron deficiency can cause a variety of symptoms by stopping puberty altogether is not one of them. The process requires the input of hormones & target tissue in the body. Failure to enter puberty by 14 in girls & 15 in boys requires an evaluation by a pediatric endocrinologist. Seek one out (and take some iron anyway). ...Read more

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I have iron deficiency anemia due to surgically-induced malabsorption. I will have my 1st iron infusion Thursday. When can I expect to feel better?

I have iron deficiency anemia due to surgically-induced malabsorption.  I will have my 1st iron infusion Thursday.  When can I expect to feel better?

In a few weeks: "When you should start to feel better depends on your particular situation. Normally, it may take from a week to a month after you start your iron supplement before you start to feel better. Continue to watch your symptoms and take note of side effects that might be caused by the supplements. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your health care provider." ...Read more

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I had few years ago 2x iron deficiency anemia and now I feel continuously fatigued. Anemia again? Now I am 21 years old.

I had few years ago 2x iron deficiency anemia and now I feel continuously fatigued. Anemia again? Now I am 21 years old.

Possible: Iron deficiency anemia is not uncommon in women due to menstrual blood loss. It would be okay to take oral iron supplement and multi-vitamins.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Are transfusions for blood loss and iron deficiency anemia the same?

Are transfusions for blood loss and iron deficiency anemia the same?

Transfusion/infusion: Blood (pack red blood cells) transfusion is usually given in the setting of significant anemia due to blood loss. Intravenous iron infusion is given to treat iron deficiency anemia. However, both blood transfusion and iron infusion can be given in anemia due to blood loss and iron deficiency anemia- decision will depend on how severe the anemia/symptoms & how quickly you want to treat the anemia. ...Read more

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What treatments, drugs, or vitamins would you suggest for iron-deficiency anemia?

Diet, oral iron: First, the dietary intake of iron has to be maximised with green vegetables, red meatsand other iron containing foods. Use of vitamin c can maximise iron absorption and finally supplemental iron as oral pills and occasionally Folic Acid supplements are a big help. ...Read more

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